Toronto police say they are investigating not only an anti-Muslim rally that took place on the doorstep of a downtown mosque nearly a week ago, but allegations of hate speech inside the mosque as well.
More than a dozen people converged on Masjid Toronto last Friday, calling for a ban on Islam as Muslims prayed inside. Police said that prompted multiple complaints over the weekend from people in attendance that day, as well as others who were not present.
After a formal complaint was filed Tuesday, the rally is under investigation by the hate crime unit, corporate communications director Mark Pugash confirmed to CBC Toronto.
But less than 24 hours later, police received another complaint — this time for alleged hate speech inside the mosque.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Two Egyptian Christians were attacked by unknown militants on Wednesday after they were abducted from their home in the Sinai Peninsula.
Sa’ad Hanna (Age 65) and his son Medhat (Age 45) were identified by Egyptian officials as the victims of this gruesome assault in the Sinai.
“The officials said Saad Hana, 65, was shot dead and his son Medhat, 45, was abducted and burned alive before their bodies were dumped on a roadside in el-Arish Wednesday,” Associated Pressed reported.
Swiss police have arrested a man for suspected links to terrorist organisations, the federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. He is one of two suspects, of Turkish origins, being investigated for recruiting people to Islamic State or related organisations.
More than 100 officers searched premises, including a ‘place of prayer’, in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino. The joint raids were part of two separate investigations by canton Ticino prosecutors and the Federal Attorney General’s office.
Same-sex marriage will happen in Australia, and here’s how. The ‘yes’ campaign’s secret weapon is coming
Same-sex marriage will happen in Australia sooner rather than later, the architect of the successful US campaign for equality says, and he’s coming down to help.
Hollande tells Britain to take THOUSANDS of child migrants as they ‘WANT TO LIVE IN UK’
Speaking during a conference on the protection of children in war zones in Paris, the Socialist head of state urged Britain to “take its share of responsibility” and offer sanctuary to child refugees with direct family links in the UK currently stranded on the other side of the channel.
He said: “France has taken its share of responsibility for isolated Calais minors and expects its European partners to do the same.
“Especially when the fate of thousands of children is at stake.
Swedish Police Accused of Inaction Over Stockholm Riot
Swedish police have been criticized by locals for allegedly failing to adequately respond to riots in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Monday which resulted in several burnt-out cars, aggravated thefts and assaults. No-one has been arrested over the riots.
UVA flyer: pro-Trump candidate ‘unsuited’ for student gov
In a letter addressed to the university community, “Concerned Students at UVA” urged students not to vote for Student Council presidential candidate Kelsey Kilgore because she “maintains views that are detrimental to the interests of minority students,” referring primarily to her support of President Trump.
Muslim lobby defines Islamophobia: “Irrational fear and hatred of Muslims”
In an op-ed on CBC’s website, Amira Elghawaby, the communications director at the National Council of Canadian Muslims provided a definition to the term Islamophobia arguing that there is no need to modify Motion 103 that calls on the government to condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and requests that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study of these issues and propose solutions.
Michael Moore launches ‘Resistance Calendar’ website to track anti-Trump protests
“It’s one of the main things people have been asking me for since the election: How can I find out what’s going on in my area?” Mr. Moore, 62, told The Huffington Post on Monday. “The main idea is to stop the damage of the Trump agenda, and protect the people that his administration is hurting.”
Berkeley Prof Robert Reich Blames Trump For Riot In Sweden
According to Berkeley professor and former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, Donald Trump’s “lies” caused the riots in Sweden on Monday night.
Earlier this month, Reich floated the insane conspiracy theory that Breitbart plants were responsible for the riots at Berkeley. That’s since been thoroughly debunked.
Floating another loony theory Tuesday, Reich said on Twitter: “Trump’s lies have consequences. 48 hrs after his comments on Sweden, riots broke out in an immigrant community.”
Hundreds of campuses encourage students to turn in fellow students for offensive speech
Universities are the cradle of free speech, where ideologies and ideas clash, where academics and activists can agree, disagree, or be disagreeable. This is particularly true in the United States, where the First Amendment zealously guards against government surveillance and intrusion into free speech.
Yet at hundreds of campuses across the country, administrators encourage students to report one another, or their professors, for speech protected by the First Amendment, or even mere political disagreements. The so-called “Bias Response Teams” reviewing these (often anonymous) reports typically include police officers, student conduct administrators and public relations staff who scrutinize the speech of activists and academics.
Swedish Mainstream Media Is “Hiding The Full Picture”: Trump Is Right About Immigrants
So, lots of immigrants are living on social welfare. And they have nothing meaningful to do during the days. And the kids usually have their parents as role models, so you can figure out the rest.
This is the biggest problem Sweden is facing today. I base that claim on the political discussion but also where most of the government money is spent. Notice, the discussion about where tax money is going is a tricky one, so i am not presenting any exact numbers. What i am saying is that immigration is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, cost for tax payers in Sweden.
Canadian Survey: Massive Drop in Trust in Government – Significant Number Blame Media Bias
While there are many media voices who would immediately seek to refute the empirical evidence within such surveys, one thing becomes increasingly clear. The more liberal the structure of government, the greater the drop in trust.
Thousands of mourners gathered in a small Egyptian town on Wednesday for the funeral of the Muslim cleric known as “the blind sheikh” who was convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York.
Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was also convicted of planning a broader “war of urban terrorism” in the United States, died on Saturday in a North Carolina prison aged 78.
Movements across the Islamist spectrum from the Muslim Brotherhood to al Qaeda issued statements mourning him, and several leaders from Egypt’s Islamic Group, which views the sheikh as a spiritual leader and renounced violence in 1997, attended.
Carrying signs that read “we will meet in heaven” and chanting “we will defend you with blood and soul, Islam,” hundreds of mourners gathered at Al-Gamaliya, his hometown in Egypt’s Nile Delta province of Dakahlia, to wait for Abdel-Rahman’s body as it made its way back from the U.S. via Cairo.
AN ACCLAIMED French blogger has come under heavy criticism after thousands of racist, homophobic and hate-filled tweets he published years ago under a pseudonym resurfaced at the end of last week, triggering a storm of outrage.
For years, Mehdi Meklat, a 24-year-old human rights activist and former Bondy Blog journalist – who, until last week, was hailed as one of France’s rising media stars – published “sickening” tweets under the pseudonym ‘Marcelin Deschamps’, a “provocative” but “fictional” character who, according to the young writer, “does not reflect his personal beliefs, values and morals”.
The journalist is also guilty of apologising terrorism and anti-Semitism: hiding behind his ‘fictional’ character, he praised Islamic terrorist Mohammed Merah, said that he “really missed Osama bin Laden” and that we should “bring back Hitler”.
He also said that he wanted to “rape” former Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief, Charb – one of the victims of the January 2015 terrorist attacks – with a “Laguiole knife”.
A man who filmed himself burning the Quran has become the first person to be charged under Denmark’s blasphemy law in 46 years.
The 42-year-old filmed himself burning a copy of Islam’s holy book in his back yard in December 2015. He then posted the video on the anti-Islamic Facebook group, “Yes to freedom – no to Islam” along with the words, “Consider your neighbour: it stinks when it burns.”
Danish prosecutor Jan Reckendorff announced his decision to bring charges in a press statement issued on Wednesday afternoon.
“It is the prosecution’s view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books such as the Bible and the Quran can in certain cases be a violation of the blasphemy clause, which covers public scorn or mockery of religion.”
A Florida computer lab teacher, Veronica Fleming, at the predominately Latino Parkside Elementary School in Naples, Florida, had her job “reassigned” after she made the mistake of publicly supporting Trump’s immigration policies over Facebook.
Ten people have been arrested for allegedly attacking two Muslims from the An’Nur Winterthur mosque for talking to journalists.
The group are alleged to have physically attacked and detained the two Muslims inside the mosque and threatened their families back in November 2016 after they gave information to journalists about an imam who called for non-practising Muslims to be killed.